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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Player Analysis: #10 Geoff Jenkins RF

Overall Season Numbers (AVG/OBP/SLG) & wOBA- .246/.301/.392 & .312
Overall Career Numbers (AVG/OBP/SLG) & wOBA- .275/.344/.490 & .357

2008 Month-by-Month:

March/April: .265/.307/.349 88 PAs
May: .303/.333/.485 72 PAs
June: .133/.221/.300 68 PAs
July: .256/.333/.488 48 PAs
August: .281/.351/.375 37 PAs
Sept/Oct: .222/.222/.333 9 PAs

Geoff Jenkins. While Jenkins was originally the platoon RF when the opposing team had right handers on the mound, it was clear from the very start of the season that Jenkins just really didn't have what he needed to help the Phillies this year. However, it took Manuel more than half the season to realize this, and give Jayson Werth the reigns in right. Even as a platoon player who should benefit greatly from facing righties, Jenkins this year put up .256/.313/.415 against such pitchers. These numbers are below average, and it's not like his defense good. While his range was average, his arm was fairly poor this season.

Only 33 this past season, it appears that most of Jenkins good years are past him, and he did have some very good seasons. In 1999,2000,2003, and 2005 Jenkins posted OPS+ of greater than or equal to 130. In each of these seasons, Jenkins posted at least 20 HRs, and even one all-star appearance. While he did have above average seasons in MLB, Jenkins was never really a player that Phillies fans looked at from a distance as a player for whom they yearned. Pretty much right from the time he was signed, I was questioning the move. 2006 & 2007 saw a 31/32 year old RF have barely average seasons at the plate, and nothing more should have been expected from an aging veteran outfielder. While most of the regular season was one to forget for Jenkins, he is definitely due credit for his enormous double in WS Game 5 pt. 2 that started off the bottom of the 6th for the Phillies. While the Phils' hopes certainly seemed bleak sending Jenkins (fly ball hitter) up to face Balfour (fly ball pitcher). Balfour missed low with a straight fastball, and Jenkins let it rip. Cheer that hit.

Next up: #12 Matt Stairs OF

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